• Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★½

    Prey is everything it needs to be and should be. A lean, mean action-horror machine that still manages to tell a character focused story. The storytelling is very visual and economic. The cinematography is beautiful. The pacing finds a perfect sweet spot: momentous and building without being rushed. Amber Midthunder makes for an excellent lead, and her journey is interesting, easy to follow and emotionally resonant. And finally, the Predator is intense and scary, making for an adversary who constantly…

  • Nope

    Nope

    Peele looks to early Spielberg for his style on this one. While I appreciated the ambition of Us, it was hard to deny that the film wound up crumbling under its own weight. Peele makes the decision this time to focus on a much more simple and straightforward narrative, which allows him to indulge in some old school horror spectacle without losing the audience. The characters may not be super well developed, and the theme is a bit on the nose, but the set pieces are fantastically done, with great visuals and sound design. It's a blockbuster creature feature, no more, no less.

  • Ambulance

    Ambulance

    If you’ve seen any Michael Bay movie then you’ll pretty much know what to expect. The Rock this is not. The plot progression, character work and dialogue are all expectedly very bad. What really kills this film, however, is the fact that the action isn’t even all that good. It’s admirable what Bay accomplished on such a small budget, but there’s nothing memorable or truly exciting here. The only thing worth writing home about is the drone photography. It feels like Bay found a new toy, and he does actually find some cool, unique ways to use it. Otherwise, there’s not really anything to hold interest.

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    What a mess. Several of Marvel's recent films have felt somewhat uninteresting, but I can't remember the last one that felt this sloppy. That's not to say there's nothing good here. Christian Bale is brilliant as Gorr, the God Butcher. His storyline is truly interesting, and he is a terrifying presence whenever he's onscreen. The character deserved more screen time and a better film. The movie also thankfully finds its way in the second half, focusing more on the drama…

  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

    Not really a lot here, but pleasant enough for a plane ride.

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★★

    What an absolute blast of a film. It should be expected, but RRR feels so much different than American blockbusters. Everything in this film is treated with such an extreme sense of drama and importance. The action is goofy and over the top, but treated with a sense of serious extremism. The friendship between the leads, however simple, is given a huge amount of weight for both characters. The stakes are treated as if they are all the most important…

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Soo, why did nobody tell me this movie is a comedy. Far from the straightforward horror I expected, this is a pitch black satire on upper class white toxic masculinity. There's a real intelligence in the way the wall street society is deconstructed. Though these men have all the resources in the world at their disposal, they use it on pointless social games and one-upmanship. They are so interchangeable that nobody can tell them apart, since they look the same,…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    Man, they just don't make movies like this anymore. Top Gun: Maverick feels like a lost 80s sequel. It has a real tangible feeling, it wears its heart on its sleeve and it chooses to tell a simple self contained story in the best way it can.

    Sure, the story here is pretty much exactly what one would expect, but it tells it so damn well. The action is electrifying, the aerial cinematography is unbelievable. Maverick is the kind of…

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    A beautifully simple film from Celine Sciamma. Though perhaps there's not a lot going on, the film wisely keeps the run time very short, making the most of every moment. Added onto that it delivers some of the strongest and most believable child characters in recent memory. Both of the lead performances are excellent, and the whole film is filled with a beautiful sense of warmth.

  • Men

    Men

    Basically a live-action fever dream. There are a lot of ideas at play, but the film wisely doesn’t overexplain these ideas. It allows the viewer to sit and feel and think about what they are witnessing. Gorgeous filmmaking and great performances enhance the unique, unnerving experience.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    A magical, hilarious, exciting, absurd and heartwarming film, often all at the same time. There’s so much creativity going on in this film that it’s hard to imagine being able to make it in any way. Everything fits and flows perfectly, building to one of the strongest cinematic achievements in years.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    A pretty “meh” script is elevated by Marvel’s usual great cast and the fact that they allowed their director to give the film something of a unique flavor. It oddly struggles with some important aspects like giving its villain proper motivation, keeping a solid sense of humor and landing emotional beats. Perhaps it’s biggest issue is that it doesn’t actually explore its concept nearly as much as it could have.

    That said, it is basically saved in the directing chair.…